City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

The City offers a variety of tourism opportunities for visitors. Tourists will enjoy natural, recreational, cultural and urban attractions when visiting Cockburn.

ECO TOURISM

Beeliar Regional Park

The Beeliar Regional Park features two chains of wetlands which run through the City from north to south, including Thomson's Lake, a wetland of international significance.

The Regional Park contains hundreds of hectares of bushland and provides habitat for many species of flora and fauna. As well as natural features, visitors can enjoy the many walk and cycle trails and reserves containing BBQs and picnic facilities.

Many community events  are hosted by the City in reserves throughout the Regional Park.


Cockburn Coast

Cockburn boasts approximately 20km of coastline from North Coogee to Henderson. This section of the Western Australian coast is a spectacular stretch of pristine waters, sheltered by the Cockburn Sound. Popular beaches include:

  • North Coogee - includes a growing community, with beachside cafe and a dedicated dog beach.
  • Port Coogee - contains a sheltered and family friendly beach, with barbeques, parkland, public amenities, seaside dining and a marina.
  • Coogee Beach Reserve - is a popular community destination containing summertime pontoons, a dedicated shark proof barrier, jetty for fishing, extensive parkland with barbeques and picnic facilities and a playground. Coogee Beach hosts a number of community events, including the Coogee Beach festival, Australia Day Brekkie and Jetty Swim.
  • Woodman Point - contains camping facilities as well as group accommodation options. It is also a popular kite and windsurfing location.

Some of the City's beaches are also dog friendly.

Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre 

The Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre (CWEC) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that has been working since 1993 for the conservation of the City's wetlands. The CWEC offers:

  • Environmental education and management
  • Training and youth services
  • A venue for conferences, events and school excursions

Native ARC

Native ARC is located next to the CWEC and is a volunteer organisation that rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned Australian wildlife. Native ARC also offers environmental education initiatives to the community and schools.

Native ARC has been providing invaluable services to wildlife for over 20 years and operates 365 days a year.

Visitors to the centre can register to become volunteers.

Mount Brown Walk Trail

This picturesque trail through the Beeliar Regional Park offers spectacular views of Cockburn Sound and surrounding areas. Visitors can get to the Mt Brown lookout via a pleasant 2km return walk.

For those more adventurous, there is a 6.8km return walk to Lake Mt Brown.

The Mt Brown carpark is located across the road from the Naval Base Caravan Park on Cockburn Road.

Henderson Cliffs

The Henderson Cliffs are located off Cockburn Road in Henderson. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant 250m walk from the carpark to this ancient Tamala limestone formation.

The Cliffs are located close to the Mt Brown walk trail.

 

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RECREATIONAL TOURISM

Manning Park Farmers & Artisan Market every Saturday!

A farmers and artisan market operates within the beautiful surrounds of Manning Park (Azelia Road, Hamilton Hill) every Saturday from 8.30am until 12.30pm.

Baristas, bakers, fermenters and passionate foodies serve up everything from laksa to spelt pizza, soft shell crab baos, Indian pies to beef kofta burgers, grilled capsicum and beetroot yoghurt sauce. With freshly picked produce and fish and bacon smoked a few hundred metres from the site, the market showcases produce from Cockburns market gardeners, olive oil producers, and families who have been farming in the area for decades.

Traditional bakers offering gluten free bread and modern ottoman, and Tokyo street food will also be available. For more information visit the markets Facebook page.

Parks

There are over 300 parks in the City, featuring a range of facilities including BBQ and picnic areas, dog exercise zones, playgrounds, ponds and waterways.

For something different, visit Enright Reserve in Hamilton Hill for its nature playground and Calleya in Banjup for its adventure park.

A number of community events are hosted in the City's parks throughout the year.

Skate Parks

Visit one of the four skate parks in the City located in:

  • Coolbellup
  • Spearwood (which includes a BMX track)
  • Atwell
  • Bibra Lake

Eco Shark Barrier

The City of Cockburn boasts the State's only shark proof barrier at Coogee Beach, where visitors can enjoy a safe swimming environment all year round.

The moving barrier is 300m long and 75m wide. The width of the barrier fluctuates between 55 and 75m depending on the tide.

During summer months, the barrier contains a pontoon, which is perfect for sunbathing or jumping into the crystal waters!

Theme Parks

Visitors to Cockburn can enjoy one of Perth's best loved family destinations - Adventure World in Bibra Lake with waterslides, rollercoasters, racing cars, animals and more!

Adventure World is open each year between September and April.

Visitors can also enjoy escape the hot weather in the cool comfort of Perth's largest ice skating rink. Cockburn Ice Arena is located on Progress Drive in Bibra Lake.

Manning Stairs and Lookout

Cockburn's version of Jacob's Ladder is here!

Head to Manning Park and up the 192 steps and be rewarded with beautiful views of Cockburn Sound.

The stairs are located within the beautiful Manning Park Reserve, which includes a picturesque lake, BBQ and picnic facilities and hosts a range of events including free community concerts and the annual Rotary Spring Fair.

Walk and Cycle Trails

Cockburn is home to many walk and cycle trails, which enable visitors to experience the City at a relaxed and leisurely pace.

Visitors can choose from bush and wetland, coastal and urban settings.

Maps detailing trails are available for download and cover east and west areas of the City.

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CULTURAL TOURISM

Nyungar Culture

The City of Cockburn's original inhabitants are the Nyungar Aboriginal people. Their ancient culture is recognised and respected by the City of Cockburn.

Nyungar is the generic name that describes Aboriginal people who come from South West roughly south of a line between Esperance and Geraldton.

The City celebrates numerous annual events including NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week and hosts guided Indigenous walks each year.

The city has a Nyungar Tourist Trail at Port Coogee, as well as audio signage with local Aboriginal stories.

Friendship Way

Friendship Way is located along Spearwood Avenue, between Cockburn Road and Beeliar Drive, and commemorates the City's important connections - to the traditional owners of the land, to its sister cities and to the principles of global unity and peace.

Cockburn's sister cities - Mobile in Alabama, Split in Croatia and Yueyang in China - are featured along friendship way, with sections of Spearwood Avenue adorned with symbolic artworks, representing important elements of these international cities.

Carnival of Events

The City hosts an annual program of community events as part of its annual Carnival of Events program, including:

  • Free community concerts
  • Coogee Beach Festival
  • Australia Day Celebration

URBAN TOURISM

Cockburn Central

Cockburn Central is one of Perth's fastest growing urban areas.

Located just minutes from the Perth CBD on the Mandurah train line, this thriving hub offers visitors a variety of retail, commercial, dining and entertainment options.

From 2017, Cockburn Central will also be home to the Fremantle Dockers new training facility.

WiFi

Cockburn currently offers free WiFi at each of the City's three libraries - in Success, Coolbellup and Spearwood.

A number of retailers in the City offer free WiFi.

ART

Drive Thru Art Gallery

30 artworks, ranging from elaborate pizza ovens, to sculptures and painted bus stops, form the City's large outdoor Drive Thru Art Gallery.

This project has attracted artists from diverse backgrounds and has enhanced community spirit, whilst improving the amenity of the built environment.

This Gallery makes for a great day trip through Cockburn.

Renewable Energy Art

The City's investment in renewable energy includes functional and decorative public art pieces.

"Getting Air" in Spearwood features a number of painted skateboard decks, which were decorated by local youth, utilising kinetic energy to create light. The piece is a great entry feature for the regional skate facility, located in the same park. Adjacent to the park are walking trails around Market Garden Swamp, where visitors can enjoy solar powered lights, whose forms are inspired by nature.

At the entrance to the Henderson Waste Recovery Park is a "Bicycle Tree" which is made of entirely recycled materials.

HISTORICAL TOURISM

Aboriginal History

The City has a rich Aboriginal history, which spans some 40,000 years. Beeliar Boodjar is the Aboriginal name for what is known as the City of Cockburn, with Boodjar meaning land to the Aboriginal people.

More than 80 suburbs, streets and landmarks across the City of Cockburn have Nyungar names.

A number of Indigenous oral histories tell the story of Beeliar Boodjar and the local Aboriginal people.

Cultural Heritage

There are a number of historical sites throughout the City of Cockburn, which tell the story of some of the City's early settlement.

The Azelia Ley Homestead Museum is one of Cockburn's best loved attractions and is set among the picturesque grounds of Manning Park. It is named after Azelia Ley, who built the Manning Tree House at the site of the current museum.

Cockburn has a number of cultural heritage sites which are captured in the City's local heritage inventory.

ACCOMMODATION FOR TOURISTS

Woodman Point and Coogee Beach Caravan Park

Visitors to the City of Cockburn can stay at one of two coastal caravan parks. Woodman Point and Coogee Beach Caravan Parks offer affordable accommodation next to fabulous seaside locations.

 

Cockburn Central Hotel

In 2016, construction will commence for a 3.5 star hotel in Cockburn Central. The 12 storey building will have 146 guest rooms.

 

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